Last year, having heard about this 'Jesse Tree' thing a few times, I decided to go for it with my family. We'd tried in the past, but our children were too young to really understand what was going on - and, if I'm being honest, I was pretty half-hearted about the whole thing. After all, who … [Read more...] about JESSE TREE IDEAS FOR FAMILIES: THE WHAT, WHY AND HOW!
Here are loads of resources and ideas to support you in your own personal discipleship, as well as building faith in your kids. In fact, it's your one-stop shop for all aspects of parenting, faith and church life!
I've long had a particular admiration for those of my friends who are single parents. I even wrote about single parenting here. Let me be clear: I have a husband, and parenting STILL stretches me to the end of my resources and then some. (In fact, sometimes I say I have five children, because - … [Read more...] about A CHRISTIAN PARENTING BOOK FOR SINGLE PARENTS
I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE Advent. (I even wrote a book about Advent). I love all the fun and creative ways we can anticipate the excitement of Christmas during December with our families. One of our favourite traditions is our Advent basket. It's so simple - I just throw all our Christmas … [Read more...] about THE BEST 2020 CHRISTMAS PICTURE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
As I write this blog, the tone I adopt is largely of the assumption that FAMILY LIFE IS CRAZY. Busy, loud, messy, dishevelled, chaotic - you choose the word. If this doesn't resonate with you, then can I politely suggest you're on the wrong website? Perhaps try Pinterest for some ideas of … [Read more...] about HOW CHRISTIAN FICTION ENCOURAGES BUSY PARENTS IN THEIR FAITH (+ REVIEW OF ‘THE MARRIAGE OF INNIS WILKINSON’)
Every year, Halloween rolls around sooner than I'm expecting. And every year, I feel like I've once again failed to come to any workable conclusion about whether we should or shouldn't participate as Christians, and where our boundaries lie. Last year, I expressed some of this in my post … [Read more...] about 12 CHRISTIAN HALLOWEEN PARTY IDEAS (WHICH DON’T CELEBRATE THE SCARY STUFF!)
The tragic death of George Floyd, and the riots, injuries and deaths which have taken place since then, woke many of us up to systemic injustices when it comes to racial equality. And because many of these injustices are a direct result of actions taken many years ago, it's become increasingly … [Read more...] about HOW HISTORICAL FICTION CAN HELP US TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT RACIAL EQUALITY
We all want our kids to get into reading - I see loads of questions come up in Facebook groups asking for book recommendations for their children. And aren't we just so fortunate in how many wonderful authors we have available to us? I gawp every time I walk in Waterstone's and browse the kids' … [Read more...] about 30+ CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK IDEAS FOR CHILDREN AND TWEENS
I don't think any of us thought, back in March, that online church was going to become our only way of doing church for a long time. To be honest, I thought we'd be back in our church building in June - which seems laughable now, as we face possibly another year (or two?) of Zoom/YouTube/Facebook … [Read more...] about KIDS NOT ENGAGING WITH ONLINE CHURCH? HERE’S HOW TO NURTURE THEIR FAITH
UPDATED FOR 2021 I've written a lot on this blog about how crazy our family is, especially when it comes to our noisy family devotions. Pretty much all the spiritual nurturing we do for our kids is full of chaos, mess and clutter! I say this not because I'm proud of it, but because I want you … [Read more...] about WHAT IS THE BEST CHILDREN’S BIBLE TO BUY FOR MY CHILD?